February 23, 2017

26 Ryukyuan skeletons found at Kyoto University

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Removed during the early Showa Era, 26 Ryukyuan skeletons found at Kyoto University

February 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takahiro Miyagi

The Japanese news article is available here.

The Ryukyu Shimpo published an article about the skeletons, which were excavated at the Mumujana (百按司) Grave in Unten of Nakijin Village (今帰仁村、運天) in the early Showa era, had been kept at Kyoto University.

Google Maps showing the location of Nakijin-son

[Image source: https://goo.gl/maps/GQJS2YvaApA2]

The article refers to the Ainu people’s skeletons housed at Hokkaido University. The families of the deceased were able to get the remains back.

UH Mānoa Library has some materials related to Nakijin-son.

February 17, 2017

COS Lecture Series: Okinawa’s Language Diversity and the Role of the Uchinaaguchi Textbook

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The Center for Okinawan Studies at UH Mānoa presents its public lecture titled, “Okinawa’s Language Diversity and the Role of the Uchinaaguchi Textbook.”

Speaker: Masashi Sakihara, a Ph.D. candidate in Ryukyuan Linguistics at the University of the Ryūkyūs

"Japan’s Endangered Languages Still Considered Mere Dialects · Global Voices."

Above map: “Japan’s Endangered Languages Still Considered Mere Dialects · Global Voices.”

Global Voices. N.p., 01 Mar. 2014. Web. 10 Feb. 2017.2017-Masashi-Sakihara.pdf

Date: March 3, 2017
Time: 5-6:30 pm
Place: Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)

February 14, 2017

Call for Papers: Japanese Diaspora Initiative Workshop

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The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University is calling for papers for the first Japanese Diaspora Initiative (JDI) Workshop (scheduled for 3 days from November 13-15, 2017) at Stanford.

The details of the workshop and the application can be found below.


The application deadline is August 21, 2017.

Workshop announcement by the Japanese Diaspora Initiative at Stanford University

Also, JDI has launched an online project titled the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection / 邦字新聞デジタル・コレクション. The Collection currently includes, “14 newspapers published in Hawaii and North America. Most publications present a mix of content in the Japanese and English languages, with formats and proportionality of Japanese/English often changing as a reflection of shifting business and social circumstances.”

Some titles (marked with ♦ and in blue) are “restricted to members with a Stanford email address, or accessing this site from a Stanford University server.”

Browse by title

  • Dōhō / 同胞, (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Hawaii Herald, (Honolulu, HI) ♦
  • Hawaii Hōchi / ハワイ報知 [The Hawaii Hochi], (Honolulu, HI) ♦
  • Hawaii Shokumin Shinbun / 布哇植民新聞 [The Hawaii Shokumin Shinbun], (Hilo, HI)
  • Hawaii Times / 布哇タイムス, (Honolulu, HI)
  • Hokubei Jiji / 北米時事 [The North American Times], (Seattle, WA) ♦
  • Nichibei Shinbun / 日米新聞 [The Japanese-American News], (San Francisco, CA) ♦
  • Nippu Jiji / 日布時事 [The Nippu Jiji], (Honolulu, HI)
  • Rafu Shinpō / 羅府新報 [The Rafu Shimpo], (Los Angeles, CA) ♦
  • Shin Sekai Asahi Shinbun / 新世界朝日新聞 [The New World Sun], (San Francisco, CA)
  • Shin Sekai Nichi Nichi Shinbun / 新世界日日新聞 [The New World Daily News], (San Francisco, CA)
  • Shin Sekai / 新世界 [The New World], (San Francisco, CA)

February 13, 2017

Targeted Island Kaji kataka

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Director Chie Mikami (三上 智恵) released a new documentary titled “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” (『標的の島 風かたか』). Director Mikami’s work includes,  “The Targeted Village (『標的の村』)” and “We Shall Overcome (Ikusaba nu tudumi / 戦場ぬ止み).”

flyer of film hyoteki no shima kaji kataka

“This film focused not only on Takae and Henoko, where the construction of the U.S. military base was forcibly carried out, but also on the livelihood of residents of Miyako Island and Ishigaki Island, which have been rocked by the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF). Focusing on the deep feelings of the people, who are the inheritors of island folk culture such as Angama and Pantu, the film aims to look at the base issue from a new angle.”

[Source: February 7, 2017. “Documentary film ‘Targeted Island Kaji kataka’ by director Mikami completed.” Ryukyu Shimpo. Retrieved from from http://english.ryukyushimpo.jp/2017/02/09/26439/]

The original Japanese newspaper article is available here.

Targeted Island Kaji kataka: http://hyotekinoshima.com/

Targeted Island Kaji kataka Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hyoteki.shima/

February 8, 2017

Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum on the Battle of Okinawa

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The 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans invite you to attend an exhibition from the Okinawa Prefectural Memorial Museum on the Battle of Okinawa and Children’s Messages of Peace

Peace Museum Exhibit Flyer

  • Dates: February 15 – February 28, 2017
  • Time: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (Closed on Sundays)
  • Place: 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Clubhouse

520 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826




February 6, 2017

African American History Month – February

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February is African American History Month

Feb is African American History Month. Read how Library of Congress is involved and find events at https://t.co/9HFsaImfPE #blacklivesmatter

— UH Manoa Library (@UHMLibrary) February 1, 2017

Some might find the book below relevant and interesting.

A newspaper article from Asahi Shinbun (published on May 15, 2016, JST), Morning Edition, p. 29 (4 areas in Tokyo)

An image of a flyer that was distributed in Koza City, Okinawa, Japan in 1971.

The headline reads, “‘Solidarity with Okinawans,’African-Americans Call for Solidarity.”

The flyer was distributed in Koza City, Okinawa Prefecture, in January 1971.

To read the full article (only in Japanese) in the database, follow the steps below (UHM ID required):

  1. Go to http://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/az.php
  2. Search “asahi shinbun” in the search box (case insensitive)
  3. Choose Asahi Shinbun

February 3, 2017

Allegiance (film) – Musical about the Japanese Americans during the WWII

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The musical, Allegiance, based on George Takei’s internment camp experience, comes to Honolulu on February 19, 2017.

  • Date: February 19, 2017 (The Day of Remembrance for Japanese Americans)
  • Show Time: 12:55 PM (2.5 hours)
  • Location: Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
    (735 B Iwilei Road Honolulu, HI 96817)
  • Rating: PG

“Their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, but their spirit could never be broken. Rejoice in one family’s triumphant story of hope, love, and forgiveness in the new Broadway musical: Allegiance.

Inspired by true events, Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.” [http://allegiancemusical.com/]

The Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) at UH Mānoa has a few paragraphs describing the conditions that Okinawan-Hawaiians faced during the WWII.

February 2, 2017

Newly Acquired Resource

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Professor Mamoru Akamine’s book titled Ryūkyū ōkoku : Higashi Ajia no kōnā sutōn /
『琉球王国 : 東アジアのコーナーストーン』 is now available in English.

Professor Mamoru Akamine of the University of the Ryukyus had published Ryūkyū ōkoku in Japanese in 2004.  Now the English translation is available in print.

Cover of the Ryukyu Kingdom

  • Title: The Ryukyu Kingdom : cornerstone of East Asia (linked to a Voyager record)
  • Author: Akamine, Mamoru,
  • Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2017]
  • Other Name(s):
    • Terrell, Lina, translator.
    • Huey, Robert N., 1952- editor.